Mary Miller and her husband Lafayette Miller purchased farmland in the vicinity of Lafayette in 1868. In 1874, the Millers moved to Boulder where Lafayette tragically died in 1878. Mary moved back to their farm with their six children. Coal was discovered on Mary’s farm in 1884. In 1888, Mary founded the Town of Lafayette in honor of her late husband.
A significant feature of Lafayette is 147-acre Waneka Lake with recreational fishing and a trail system. The lake was manmade in 1865 by Adolf Waneka. Presently, the lake is owned by the City of Lafayette.
There is little evidence of the Lafayette’s bygone coal mining era. However, Downtown Lafayette has numerous buildings from the late 1800’s that house restaurants, coffee shops and retail business. Here you will find the weekly Farmers’ Market and annual events such as the Peach Festival.
Life is good in Lafayette!
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